Level III+ Steel Plate

Level III+ Steel Plate

Discount: 25%
Regular price $199.00 Sale price $149.00
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We manufacture and ship in 4-6 weeks
Only -28 items in stock!
Only -28 items in stock!

Our NIJ Certified Level III+ Steel Plates is our top-selling Steel Plat option. It offers protection from all common handgun rounds as well as 5.556x45mm and even 7.62x51mm (.308). Because it is compatible with all our Tactical Armor, and many of our Concealable Vests, it is the perfect option when you need increased protection.

Perfect for anyone who faces a combination of handgun and small arms threats. This Level III Steel Plate will defeat .38 Special up to 7.62x51mm. The polyurea coating helps prevent spalling and the high-carbon AR500 Steel offers an economical alternative to polyethylene.

Comfort and Fit are a major concern for Body Armor Direct and our customers. The Level III Steel Plate is manufactured using only the latest techniques to optimize comfort and fit without sacrificing protection. The single curve plate conforms to the wearer's body for increased comfort. At only 5mm thick they will easily pair with any of our Plate Carriers.

Backed by the Body Armor Direct Warranty. Each carrier is warranted against defects in workmanship or materials for 24 months from the date of purchase. Panels are warranted for 5 years from the date of purchase to conform to minimum NIJ protocol in an actual confrontation. Please refer to the Body Armor Direct Warranty page for specific requirements and limitations

Protection you can count on. The Level III+ Steel Plate is NIJ Certified and offers a high level of ballistic protection. It will defeat multiple hits from the most common handguns and small arms up to 7.62x51mm. The Polyurea Blast Coating is specially designed to prevent dangerous spalling. Plus, our products are manufactured in the USA using American labor. 

A price you can afford. we offer several payment options including 4 interest-free installment payments, ShopPay, PayPal Credit, and government purchase orders.


  • NIJ Certified Level III+ Ballistic Protection
  • AR500 Steel Construction
  • Polyurea Coated
  • Multiple Hit Capability
  • Single Curve Design
  • Pairs with Any of Our Plate Carriers

What is Included

  • 1 Level III+ Steel Plate, 10"x12"
       Stomach Circumference (Inches)
      Small26.5" - 31"
      Medium31.5" - 37"
      Large37.5" - 40"
      XL40.5" - 44"
      2XL44.5" - 47"
      3XL47.5" - 53"
      4XL53.5" - 58"
      5XL58.5" - 62"

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      We offer both Shop Pay and Paypal Credit to make sure you have the resources to stay safe. No credit checks, no social security numbers, this does not go on your credit report

      Body Armor Direct warrants nylon covers against any defects in workmanship or materials for twenty-four (24) months after the date of purchase.

      We offer a limited 5-year manufacturer’s warranty on all of our ballistic products and 2 years on the carrier.

      Body Armor Direct warrants that for a period of (5) years from the date of purchase, the panels will conform to the minimum requirements of the NIJ protocol for ballistic intervention during an actual confrontation at the stated threat level (if your ballistic panels are not labeled in compliance with NIJ requirements, then this warranty does not apply to your panels). This warranty is subject to, and expressly conditioned upon, strict compliance with the following conditions: 

       - The panel must not be torn, damaged, or altered in any way. 

       - The panel must not be subjected to abuse or misuse during service. 

       - The panel may only be used or placed in a cover or carrier it is designed or intended for. 

       - The panel must not be permitted to be excessively wet. 

       - The panel must not be subjected to excessive heat. 

       - The panel must be properly stored (i.e., not in excessively hot or damp conditions).

       Weight in Lbs.
       SizeLightLighterLightestSq. Inches of Ballistics


      Light0.35 inch
      Lighter0.25 inch
      Lightest0.21 inch

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 8 reviews

      No where near as heavy as I thought it would be. I am completely satisfied 👍🇺🇸

      Jonathan L.

      Great product arrived in leas than a week.

      Enrique Elias
      Heads up

      Perhaps the price has increased some. Yet the quality far exceeds any price. With the craziness of our time and insane beliefs. It's comforting that I have some good protective equipment while I'm riding, while I'm walking.its also a comforting feeling to know that my investment may never be used.
      Strength in preparation.

      Jeffrey Sherris
      Defender vest is fantastic.

      I recently purchased this vest as a protection option for if every thing goes south, and I must say the quality is there. All of the stitching seams very heavy duty and built to last. The vest is easily adjustable to different body sizes. The molle webbing is a great way to attach spare magazines and a knife, or communications depending on your application. Overall I would highly recommend this vest with accompanying kevlar inserts and optional plates for any hairy situation you may find yourself in.

      Paul Akong
      Great product and service.

      I can't say enough good things about the great service I received from Armor Direct. I am also completely satisfied with the fit and finish of the carrier and the plates. The video instructions on how to fit the carrier were a big help since I had no experience in doing it before. It's comfortable and easy to move around in.

      Why Body Armor Direct


      To guarantee your protection, our products are tested and certified by the National Institute of Justice, the leading research and development agency from the U.S. Department of Justice.


      Body Armor Direct is an American owned and operated company. All of our armor is made right here in the USA.

      Less Wait Times

      All of our in stock armor ships to you in 2-5 days to ensure you're protected when you need it most.


      We stand behind our products with a five year warranty on all ballistic soft armor insert plates matched by a two year warranty on outside carriers.


      We offer both ShopPay and Paypal Credit to make our body armor more affordable. No credit checks or social security numbers necessary, this does not go on your credit report.


      If your insert does not fit properly simply send it back and we'll exchange it within 10 days.

      Got a Question? We are happy to help.

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